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Speaker notes by the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele on the occasion of the SAPS passing out parade hosted at the Tshwane Academy in Pretoria
2019/12/13

 PRETORIA, 13 DECEMBER 2019

Programme Director
National Commissioner of Police, General Sitole
Deputy National Commissioners
Provincial, Divisional and Regional Commissioners 
The SAPS’s senior management
SAPS’s members and personnel
Stakeholders
Labour Unions
Members on parade
Family and friends
Distinguished guests
Members of the media
Ladies and gentlemen

GOOD MORNING OFFICERS!!

You have come a long way and congratulations for making it this far. Its official you are now members of the South African Police Service.

Out of the 500 thousand of applications received from across the country of young men and women who applied to join the service, it is you who have made the final cut!

You are part of the 5 thousand and 42 prospective Constables from across the country who have completed their basic Police Development Learning Programme. You were subjected to Psychometric, Fitness, Integrity and Medical assessment and you persevered.

It fills me with pride Ladies and gentlemen to see more female cementing their place in this organisation. This year, 1572 women officers are passing out today.

You have ALL earned your place in this organisation.

WONT BE EASY- THE ROAD AHEAD WILL BE TOUGH

But be warned Officers, it is not going to be a walk in the park.

As the newest generation of SAPS officers, you face tough challenges ahead and high level of public expectations and scrutiny.

You will be questioned, you will be challenged, you will be tested, and you will be threatened while wearing this uniform.

But whatever the situation- ALWAYS conduct yourself within the law.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

As you go out there to serve and protect, I am ordering you graduates to go the extra mile in protecting women and children in the communities you serve.

Remember, you are Police officers and NOT social workers!

You have no business sending anyone back, when the come to police stations to report domestic abuse at home, telling them to go and sort it out.

You have no business asking women what they were wearing, when they were sexually violated and victims of Gender Based Violence should not fear coming t you for help. You are their first point of call after their ordeal, threat them with dignity.

Your duty is to protect and serve with professionalism and compassion at all times.

PROTECT YOURSELVES WITH YOUR GUNS

This weekend I will be burying yet another police officer.

A life gone too soon, a member from the Coffee Bay in the Eastern Cape police station, who was shot while on duty.

Officers, it pains me to attend such funerals as it is a loss to the SAPS family and the country.

This is why I MUST make this call again.

No single officer should die in the hands of a criminals, with a gun in his or her hand.

You must protect your lives and that of your fellow officers using those firearms within the ambit of the law.

Guns are your tools of trade and MUST BE USED!

CRIMINALS MUST FEAR YOU

When you engage with criminals the last person left standing must be the officer.

Criminals must have sleepless nights when they think of you. They must sweat and stress knowing the SAPS is now 5000 officers stronger.

Criminals must not have peace, give them sleepless nights.

NO LEAVE DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON

Constables, your pass out parade takes place as the SAPS embarks on its annual Safer Festive Season Campaign.

Young officers, as part of our efforts to turn the tide against crime, I have instructed all officers not to take leave during this Festive Season.

This directive also includes you!

Yes, ZizoJika Izinto and we will TURN THE TIDE AGAINST CRIME with all of you onboard.

Constables, as you pass out today, I want you to hit the ground running. Go out there and work in teams to ensure that the season is festive for all South Africans and remains that way.

We want to see you visible on the streets, in all public areas at sporting events, concerts and parks, malls. You are being given marching orders to serve and protect WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR.

FAMILY SUPPORT

Finally, to the family members and friends gathered here, seeing these young officers in their uniform must be a truly a proud moment for all of you. As these gallant officers embark on their new journey, I call on you to continue to be their first line of support. The task they have chosen is not easy. They will need your unwavering support.

GO OUT THERE AND MAKE US PROUD

So hold your head up high knowing you are joining a TRUSTED organization of men and women in blue who have taken an oath to serve and protect.

Always act in a fair and selfless manner.

Always Respect everyone’s rights, including those you find on the wrong side of the law.

Always have a high self-discipline and integrity and DON’T succumb to temptation of corruption. You will be CAUGHT and change this uniform to orange.

Always remain healthy, energetic and sharp minded at all times.

Go well and all the best.